ANC's eThekwini conference to be held before month end

2015-04-04 15:42
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Durban - The ANC’s eThekwini region will reconvene its sixth elective conference before the end of the month, the party said on Saturday.

"We will hold it before the end of the month. A specific date has yet to be decided, but we will make an announcement when it is finalised," provincial spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo said.

He said that there were "processes under way" at some of the branches to determine who would represent them at the conference.

The region has been polarised between those who support eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and those who support the region's former treasurer Zandile Gumede.

The conference was initially held in February where Gumede lost out to Nxumalo by 253 votes to 212.

However, after the conference was held it emerged that three branches which had not been properly audited had been allowed to participate in electing the party's office bearers for the region.

In addition, there were claims that ANC members were paid nearly R1m to vote for Nxumalo.

This was according to a letter sent by a Durban branch deputy chairperson to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala.

On March 3, the provincial leadership announced that the results would be nullified and that the conference would need to be reconvened.

Zikalala said at the time: "The ANC national officials have since called for the conference to be reconvened.

"It must be stated that the office of the secretary general [Mantashe] had suggested before the conference that these wards not be allowed to participate.

"After robust and sober engagement, the PEC [provincial executive committee] collectively adopted the decision of the national leadership that there is a need for the conference to be reconvened so that all comrades can be satisfied," he said

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